Stone Lodges – Private Residences

Stone Lodges – Private Residences

Architect
Earthitects
Location
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Project Year
2019
Category
Private Houses
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Stone Lodges – Private Residences

Earthitects as Architects

Stone Lodges - Private Residences are spread across a forested hillside. Built on sloping land on the side of a mountain, they are inspired by the grammar of Mountain Lodges and the native design aesthetic.

With sheer simplicity and understated elegance, Stone Lodges intertwines harmoniously with the mountain on three distinct levels and blends seamlessly into the natural landscape.

Showcasing a joyous interplay of stone and wood, the villas are hidden amongst dense foliage and designed with unique elements, keeping sustainability and innovation in mind. Every bit is finely nuanced bespeaking a luxurious yet environmentally responsible aesthetic - A Collectible that ages graciously!

Natural Life is about re-establishing the experience of connecting with both oneself and the natural environment. There is now, more than ever, a need for balance and a longing for man to reconnect with nature - A longing fulfilled by the establishment of a Second Home at the lap of nature. We wanted to provide this ‘second life’ for our owners — a life that would be one with nature”.

The ability to now work from anywhere in the world, and the abundant availability of conveniences has led us to pioneer a new philosophy, called ‘Reverse Urbanization’. We re-imagined the experience of everyday living by allying with Mother Earth in designing dwellings that are in harmony with oneself and the natural environment, dwellings that facilitate ‘Natural Life’.

The architecture of Stone Lodges is perched on three distinct levels. The first and second levels house the spacious residence while the third level comprises the Exterior Deck with an infinity pool surrounded by lily ponds. Each deck is designed in such a way that it has an unobstructed view of the forest.
Designed "around nature, rather than on it", the natural features such as trees and boulders, play their part in enhancing this carefully designed living experience.

Experience ‘Natural Living’ at the Lap of Infinity.

Nestled amongst the luxuriance of the wilderness, the third level comprises the Exterior Deck with an endless, unobstructed view of the forest.

The infinity pool, surrounded by ecosystemic lily ponds, offers a meditative soak in the natural atmosphere. The warmth of the temperature-controlled pool compliments the cool, hilly weather of Wayanad, creating the perfect oasis of calm.

Dine in harmony with nature.

With endless views of the forest, the exterior deck is highlighted by stone flooring finished with black oxide. The railing made out of Eucalyptus poles creates the perfect viewing deck at the comfort of one’s own home.

Surrounded by a tranquil lily pond adjoining the infinity pool, the outdoor dining space is designed such that one can dine under the soft glow of the twilight with an unobstructed view of the wilderness. Crafted from the finest teak, the dining chairs elevate the beauty of wood in its original form.

Unwind and Relax under a Gazebo

Set amidst the lily pond and the infinity pool, the Gazebo at Stone Lodges is crafted entirely out of natural materials. A thoughtfully designed roof made of unfinished log rafters and clay tiles is supported by four sturdy wooden poles thus creating the perfect viewing deck from the third level of the villa.

Underneath the cozy ‘Gazebo’ is a Daybed to relax and unwind whilst listening to the songs of nature. With an enchanting view of the woodlands, one can enjoy the peace and serenity of nature or catch up on work even on a rainy day.

A cozy nook

Our signature Bay Window brings natural light into the space with a striking view of the lush landscape around. An addition to the expansive rooms, the exterior of the bay window is covered with thick Eucalyptus poles.

Wake up to your Second Life!

The master bedroom is a private retreat within the larger sanctuary. Designed to be one with nature, a private deck adjoining the space provides a stunning view of the surrounding wilderness.

Portraying the natural edge, the exceptional wooden bed is the furniture of dreams! Sturdy and bold, this magnificent piece is crafted from robust teak wood.
The hardwood floors made of rich teak, adorn the space with warmth and grain. The accent wall with rough-textured stone contrasts the warm wood all around.

Soak under the Sky.

Our signature outdoor bath reveals the freedom of taking a shower beneath the open sky. This indulging tropical shower helps one reconnect with nature with the luxury of staying indoors.

Set amidst a courtyard, the organic shower tray with stepping stones is surrounded by lush foliage and natural boulders.

The interplay of light and shadow is brought about by the Eucalyptus poles on the ceiling, with their natural oils and distinct texture. Made out of brass, the bathroom fixtures add an antique charm to the rustic stone wall.

Mounted on the counter, is a black granite wash basin elegantly chiseled from a natural rock. The wooden cabinetry below the counter is finished with hand-crafted wooden knobs.

A Natural Powder Room in tune with Nature.

Accentuating the space is the branch of a tree that contrasts the clean cut mirror, thus amplifying the outdoor effect. The concealed lighting design is envisioned in such a way that light follows the architecture.

An abundance of natural light through the Skylight falls on the stone wall highlighting the crude textures of natural stone. The wardrobes are characterized by mirrors that face each other creating an illusion.

Showcasing our keen eye for the tiniest details, the hand-crafted wooden knobs and black iron rivets add character to the doors of the wardrobes and cabinets.

A Story in every Piece.

With sustainability as the core idea, up-cycled wood from construction is crafted into switchboards while maintaining its organic shape. The custom-made antique brass tumbler switch complements the natural texture of the stone wall.

The ‘Earthitects’ signature design style finds its infinite expression in the dining chair which is a unique piece of craftsmanship that portrays understated elegance. Each piece with its distinct personality elevates the beauty of teak wood in its original form combined with cane, weaved by local artisans.

Each chair with its distinct personality elevates the beauty of teak wood in its original form combined with cane, weaved by local artisans. Carved with nature-inspired motifs, the apron of the chair compliments the handpicked natural upholstery.

Coexist with the Birds

Stone Lodges has become home to a number of species of endemic birds that form the mysterious backdrop of the forest. The integration of prolific fruit trees and birdbaths - the lily ponds that surround the deck, invite them to coexist, luxuriating the birding experience.

Key Challenges:

The biggest challenge we faced was designing a dwelling on a natural mountain slope. We took this challenge to our advantage by designing the lodge to achieve the best views of the forest and the surrounding mountains from every space in the home.

Material Palette:

Staying true to our philosophy and keeping up with our eco-friendly ethos, the materials used are natural, with wooden flooring, random-rubble walls, cobblestone pathways, and log rafters, showcasing a joyous interplay of stone and wood.

The wood used in crafting the space portrays its authenticity with ‘Live Edges’ accentuating the natural character of wood. The floors, joinery, switchboards, skirting and furniture are handcrafted with live edge teak wood that adorns the spaces with warmth and grain. Rough, uncut and unpolished stone each with a character of its own, forms the thick random rubble walls of the lodges. Other natural materials portrayed in Stone Lodges are clay roof tiles, eucalyptus poles in the ceiling, lapotra granite for counters and stone deck floors.

 

Material Used:
1. Flooring: Teak Wood floors, Locally sourced Plantation Teak
2. Doors: Teak Wood, Made in-house
3. Windows: Teak Wood, Made in-house
4. Roofing: Clay tile roof
5. Interior lighting: Concealed lighting Design
6. Interior furniture: Made in-house

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